Excellent first, full-time postion.
Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Gateshead area – 24 August 2018
It was a Government scheme, so only got paid £10 an hour over my benefits. However; being 18, and just left education; it was the perfect opportunity to build my social skills and confidence.
We would meet in the office in the morning, have a team meeting to discuss the days' plans, then would go out onto local housing estates/business areas to carry out questionnaires drawn up by the Police, Local Councils, charity organisations (such as Victim Support). It was a true 100% multi agency initiative.
The hardest part, would be seeing, how people were forced to live on "little" money. As from a relatively affluent family; at 18; it was a little hard to accept it happens. I was naive.
Most enjoyable time, in the 11 months, would be the camaraderie. The interaction. Character building. Sadly it was only a 12 month term, so moved onto DWP, to a permanent paid job after 11 months.
Seeing how others have to live, through no fault of their own.